Tanager season play ends with loss with loss to the Orioles

Tanager season play ends with loss with loss to the Orioles by Jim Prosser The Vermillion Tanagers lost to the Lennox Orioles 57-38 in varsity boys� basketball Feb. 22 at home after being buried by a disastrous first half.

�Lennox took us out of our game plan early and we couldn�t seem to respond to their ?up-tempo� approach,� said Vermillion varsity Coach Troy Terronez. �After halftime, we were able to play ?our� game and keep the difference even through the rest of the way, but we were unable to cut much into their first-half lead.

�I hope this was a ?wake-up call� for the team as we prepare for the district tournament,� he added.

The Tanagers fell behind 18-5 after the first quarter, trailed 30-10 at halftime, and then trailed 48-27 going into the final period.

The loss dropped the Vermillion varsity to a record of 10-6, while Lennox improved to 13-4.

The Vermillion varsity connected on 3 of 15 three-pointers and connected on 5 of 14 free throw tries. The Tanagers connected on 12 of 36 field goals, while Lennox was 22 of 51 from the field. Lennox connected on 1 of 11 three-pointers and hit 14 of 21 free throw tries.

Individual Stats, Vermillion varsity: Scoring � Bo Nelson, 12, Paul Tims, 11, Jeremi Cowman, 5, Nick Olson, 4, Brett Hogen, 2, Tim Russell, 2, Jon Brooks, 2. Rebounds � Nelson, 8. Assists � Brooks, 3. Steals � Tims, 2.

Individual Stats, Lennox: Scoring � Ryan Rothensberger, 14, Clayton Wulf, 13, Justin Elhoff, 10, Nick Poppe, 8, Ryan Kruse, 5, Allan Johnson, 3, Dan White, 2, Matt Troder, 2, Steve Kruse, 1. Rebounds � Wulf, 8. Assists � R. Kruse, 3. Steals � Elhoff, 2.

Team rebounds: Vermillion varsity � 20, Lennox � 30. Team fouls: Vermillion varsity � 15, Lennox � 14.

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